Answered By: Sally Hand
Last Updated: May 22, 2020     Views: 374

Changes to how you access VU Library - VU Library access is now primarily via its online resources and virtual services.

In the interests of social distancing and to minimise the spread of COVID-19, VU Library has made changes to the operational arrangements of on-campus libraries. In particular, VU Library’s onsite library collection areas will be closed from 30 March 2020.

Students can still access the following spaces for private study and printing while ensuring social distancing:

  • City Flinders level 9 
    9 am to 5 pm (Monday to Friday)
  • Footscray Park Building P level 1
    9 am to 5 pm (Monday to Friday)
  • Werribee Library Building 1, Level 1 (excluding library collection)
    9 am to 5 pm (Monday to Friday)

To pay for printing and copying at any printer, use your student ID card which is linked to your library print/copy account. Top up your account by logging on to the PaperCut website(external link) using your VU student username and password. To add credit you can use MasterCard or VISA (VISA debit cards are also accepted). 


Article Reach - VU staff and students can now request items via ArticleReach.  


Ask A Librarian - will continue. Please view the Ask A Librarian hours

ocument Request Services -


Effective 25 May 2020, VU Library will re-commence book requests. Please note that not all University libraries are supplying items at the moment so some may not be available. Books or journal articles from the Footscray Park, City Queen Law, and St Albans collections can also be requested by emailing library staff at complete the request form for items for research or teaching purposes.


Library staff will contact requestors via the interlibrary loans email: to arrange a time to pick up requested items. Journal articles will be scanned and emailed.  Items can be picked up from level 1 of the Footscray Park campus library only on Mondays or Thursdays between 10am and 4pm.  Items must be returned via the return chute outside the main entrance to Footscray Park campus library


Holds - the holds service has been suspended.

Infringements - all infringements from the 23 March 2020 will be waived.

Laptops - The library has some laptops that are available for students in need.  Laptops will be made available for extended borrowing periods where possible.  Students can contact the library to check availability. 

Printing from mobile devices on campus - You can use your mobile device to print a document on campus, but please note that cost deductions are not displayed at the time of printing.

Renewals - automatic renewals will continue.

Reciprocal Borrowing - this service has ceased until further notice for all Victorian universities. 

Returns - Items can be returned to the following VU library sites which all have external return chutes - Footscray Park, St Albans and Werribee.

VU Collaborate - support for VU Collaborate and Readings continues